Lebanon trash troubles: Burj Hammoud landfill protests cause garbage buildup around hospital

Published August 31st, 2016 - 08:00 GMT
Piles of garbage in Beirut. (AFP/File)
Piles of garbage in Beirut. (AFP/File)

Lebanon's Health Ministry Tuesday ordered the removal of trash mounds dumped near a hospital in Mount Lebanon, days after waste collectors suspended work due to an ongoing protest outside a landfill.

Health Ministry workers inspected the area near St. Joseph Hospital in Dora, where waste was being dumped, and instructed the Jdeideh municipality to remove it.

A statement issued by the ministry said that the area will be isolated to prevent the dumping of new trash.

Trash began accumulating on the streets of the Metn district after Kataeb Party supporters locked down the entrance of the construction site of the Burj Hammoud landfill two weeks ago, bringing construction work to a halt.

In response, the Burj Hammoud municipality barred access to a temporary garbage storage lot near the planned landfill until construction resumes at the site. The move was supported by the Armenian Tashnag Party.

Sukleen, the waste contractor for greater Beirut and Mount Lebanon, then announced it would not collect trash destined for the Burj Hammoud dump, citing a lack of an alternative storage facility.

Subsequently trash began accumulating in the streets in those areas, with incidents of trash fires being reported.

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